Dog shows judge our furry friends pn all kinds of criteria, from agility to looks. But in Russia, dogs can compete in dance, too.
At the FCI Dog Dance World Championship, there's a competition category called "freestyle" where dogs are required to dance with their owners. And it's not just sitting, staying and rolling over. These are some seriously choreographed routines.
The winner of the 2016 championship, held in Moscow in June, was the adorable Alice, a border collie from Switzerland. She and her human, Yvonne Belin, danced quite the impressive routine to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," full of jumps, turns and leaps.
So how does this competition work, exactly? Owners and their dogs are required to perform actual choreography with full routines to music. The moves are within within what a dog can handle, and they showcase the dog's obedience. The end result is a combination of musicality, dancing, performing and dog training.
According to the competition, freestyle routines show "the dog and the handler in a creative, innovative and original way, using music and intricate movements to showcase teamwork, artistry, athleticism and style in interpreting the theme of the music."
But more importantly, did you see the dog Alice shimmy?!